cachectin


cachectin

noun

  1. Biochemistry, Immunology. a protein that is released by activated macrophages as an immune system defense and, when the defense is overwhelmed, is a cause of cachexia or toxic shock: in humans, identical with tumor necrosis factor.

n.

  1. A polypeptide hormone produced by macrophages that releases fat and reduces the concentration of enzymes needed to produce and store fat.

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